Germany: Labour & Employment 2019

In this chapter we highlight 63 impressive lawyers who are recognised as leading names in the field of labour and employment law in Germany. Their expertise spans a range of matters including collective bargaining agreements, corporate restructurings, pension plans and discrimination proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thomas Winzer Gleiss Lutz, Frankfurt
2. Björn Gaul CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne
3. Christopher Jordan CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne
4. Christian Arnold Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
5. Gerlind Wisskirchen CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne
6. Kara Preedy Pusch Wahlig Legal, Berlin

Employment law boutique KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht occupies a strong position in the domestic market and sees eight lawyers nominated here.
Michael Kliemt is a widely recognised name among peers and clients who consider him a standout name when it comes to handling collective dismissals, collective agreements and employment-related disputes.
Burkard Göpfert specialises in labour law matters and is well versed in handling a wide array of related issues from corporate restructurings to discrimination proceedings.
Barbara Reinhard is “an outstanding lawyer”, according to market commentators who commend her expert handling of remuneration structures, redundancy schemes and collective bargaining agreements.
Oliver Völlstadt “really stands out” in the market say peers, who highlight his superb work advising clients, including board members and directors, on a range of employment law issues.
Stefan Fischer continues to impress respondents who consider him a top name in both collective and individual employment law matters.

Gleiss Lutz also performs well this year with seven listings.
Thomas Winzer is one of the most prominent labour and employment lawyers in the country. He is well known among international peers who commend his excellent work handling corporate reorganisations, compliance and work councils matters.
Christian Arnold is “a really great lawyer” who focuses his practice on both individual and collective employment law. One sources notes, “He is one of the best at the moment.”
Martin Diller is a labour and employment law specialist who is highly recommended by peers for his expertise in a wide variety of complex mandates, including collective bargaining agreements, outsourcing matters and pensions schemes.
Stefan Lingemann frequently handles both international and domestic employment law matters, including restructurings, discrimination matters and terminations.
Jobst-Hubertus Bauer is “a top name in Germany”, say sources, who highlight him as an expert when it comes to work council negotiations.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek achieves five nominations here.
Wilhelm Moll is a well-established figure in the German market who sources note for his vast experience handling labour law and pensions-related matters.
Bernd Weller is “a business-oriented and commercially minded lawyer” who wins high praise for his “ability to translate quite complicate legal content into digestible information”.
Martin Reufels is an employment law specialist who is highly respected among peers for his excellent work handling sophisticated industrial action proceedings.

CMS Hasche Sigle earns four listings this year
Björn Gaul “really stands out” in the market as “extremely good” when it comes to dealing with restructurings, outsourcing matters and compliance. One source says, “He is definitely one of the leading employment lawyers in Germany.”
Gerlind Wisskirchen is highly sought after by clients thanks to her strong understanding of cross-border outsourcing projects and corporate reorganisations.
Christopher Jordan is one of the leading labour and employment lawyers in the country. He is well known for his work on restructurings, outsourcing and negotiations with work councils.
Björn Otto gains recognition for his impressive work in a range of restructuring-related labour matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sees four individuals listed.
Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is “very visible” in the labour and employment space, according to sources. He is frequently involved in dealing with remuneration schemes, pension arrangements and terminations.
Boris Dzida is a seasoned labour and employment expert who is recognised for his impressive work on post-M&A matters and restructurings.
Heinz Josef Willemsen is a well-established figure in the German market who peers highlight for his deep expertise in work council-related disputes and negotiations.
Thomas Müller-Bonanni is a top name in the labour and employment space who impresses with his knowledge of remuneration issues and corporate reorganisations.

Employment law specialist Schweibert Leßmann & Partner sees three highly respected practitioners recognised here.
Ulrike Schweibert is a highly experienced labour and employment lawyer who is well known for her fantastic work on outsourcing, corporate restructurings and pension schemes.
Jochen Leßmann boasts over 20 years’ experience practising in the employment field and is regularly engaged to advise directors and senior executives on a range of matters, including negotiations.
Nicole Engesser Means gains recognition in this chapter for her leading expertise in a range of employment-related matters, such as collective bargaining agreements, internal investigations and related litigation.

Pusch Wahlig’s Kara Preedy is “highly recommended” by a wide range of respondents who highlight her excellent work handling international and European labour law relating to collective and individual matters. .
Tobias Pusch is “an extremely intelligent and really brilliant lawyer” who stands out among peers for his “well-prepared and focused approach” to corporate restructurings, discrimination cases and labour agreements.

Allen & Overy’s Thomas Ubber is “very visible in the market” according to sources who consider him a leading expert on strikes-related work.
Hans-Peter Loew has more than 20 years’ experience in the employment law field, where he is well versed in advising clients on remuneration, incentives and negotiations.
Tobias Neufeld stands out at the firm for his impressive work advising clients on the labour aspects of major corporate restructurings and mergers.

At Gragert Stamer Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten, Nicola Gragert is a well-recognised name in the German market where she is renowned as an employment law specialist.
Katrin Stamer is a prominent name in the field in Germany, focusing her practice on both collective and individuals labour law matters.

Tim Wißmann at Küttner Rechtsanwälte dedicates his practice to a wide array of employment law matters including collective bargaining agreements, pension plans and disputes.
Karl-Dietmar Cohnen impresses market commentators with his adept handling of corporate restructurings, outsourcing issues and compliance matters.

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